BREWING DAY SERIES
Barcelona, June 2020
Photos: Italo Morales
Polly Matthew - Head brewer of Caravelle Brewery
The Caravelle Brewery project began in 2014 when its founders Zim and Poppy, who at that time only had the famous Caravelle restaurant in the El Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, collaborated with the boys from Art Cervesers (Lliçà D'Amunt, Catalonia) in the production of a beer that would become the first 'Galactic Pale Ale', one of the flagship beers of Caravelle today. A short time later it was followed by the no less famous 'Mixtape Lager', a hybrid hoppy lager beer with Kiwi. Two years later, they opened a small production space right next to the restaurant and began making 200-liter batches. “We were the micro-penis of the Barcelona beer scene, but we were happy to learn the trade in relative anonymity right there in our little steam box.” That period for them was, above all, a period in which they only dedicated themselves to learning how to make tasty and drinkable beers. They put a lot of emphasis on Pale Ales and IPAs, easy-drinking beers with the restaurant's delicious tacos and spare ribs. They recently opened a larger brewery space in St. Adriá (Barcelona), and their goal is to focus on their core range of beers and continue brewing easy-to-drink beers. They want these to be a living reflection of the lifestyle in Barcelona: sun and beach, a 'freak party' at a perfect stranger's house in one of those old warehouses in Poble Nou, outdoor festivals, drinking in the park, grab that last table on the terrace with some friends and sit there all night, rooftop barbecues that end at dawn. “The good stuff”. That's why they also wanted their labels to reflect this relaxed style and commissioned the team at Hey Studio (Barcelona) to design them, and the result is truly fantastic!